Cool Mom Tech https://coolmomtech.com Cool Mom Tech is the intersection of tech and style, of parenting, practicality and fabulosity, brought to you by the same team behind Cool Mom Picks. Tue, 07 Nov 2023 15:41:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.3.2 https://coolmomtech.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2017/09/cropped-cmt-512-1-32x32.png Cool Mom Tech https://coolmomtech.com 32 32 10 of the hottest audiobook memoirs that make the best holiday gifts this year https://coolmomtech.com/2023/11/top-celebrity-memoir-audiobook-holiday-gifts/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/11/top-celebrity-memoir-audiobook-holiday-gifts/#respond Tue, 07 Nov 2023 15:41:13 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=47838 I’ve written here before about how I learned to love audiobooks and the trick for me was finding memoirs and nonfiction. So I’ve put together the hottest memories of the year that are perfect for gifting. Think: new parents who don’t have time to sit and read a book, runners who prefer books to music, […]

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The best ways to clean and disinfect your phone during cold and flu season: From gentle cleaning to killing bacteria and microbes https://coolmomtech.com/2023/10/how-to-clean-disinfect-phones-tablets-cold-flu-coronavirus/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/10/how-to-clean-disinfect-phones-tablets-cold-flu-coronavirus/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2023 16:00:00 +0000 http://coolmomtech.com/%categories%/how-to-clean-disinfect-tablets-phones/ It’s always a good time to talk about how to best clean your phone and gadgets. But especially this time of year. With cold and flu season now meeting Covid-is-back season (again, sigh) it’s important to know how to safely clean your phone, or disinfect it entirely. Also, your kids’ phones, of course. Because while […]

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The widespread teenage boy sextortion scam: What to do if your child is a victim https://coolmomtech.com/2023/10/teen-boy-sextortion-scam-what-to-do/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/10/teen-boy-sextortion-scam-what-to-do/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2023 16:34:50 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=47796 This week’s Washington Post article about the teenage boy sextortion scam by Chris Moody is all I’ve been thinking about. In part because I know a kid who was targeted in this way, and it was a terrible situation. But to learn that this is a problem that’s so widespread that thousands of teen boys […]

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Rebel Girls x Hispanic Heritage Month: Your kids will love these short audio stories about amazing Hispanic women https://coolmomtech.com/2023/09/rebel-girls-podcast-hispanic-heritage-month/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/09/rebel-girls-podcast-hispanic-heritage-month/#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2023 10:00:45 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=47789 As if I haven’t raved about the Rebel Girls books and the Rebel Girls app enough, I am now touting of the Rebel Girls Podcast. Since 2018, they have been producing three wonderful biographical audio stories a week, each just 14-20 minutes or so–perfect for restless kids (or busy parents). Starting this week, in honor […]

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Apple’s switch from Lightning to USB-C with the new iPhone 15 Pro: An easy explainer https://coolmomtech.com/2023/09/apple-iphone-15-new-usb-c-cable-info/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/09/apple-iphone-15-new-usb-c-cable-info/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2023 16:24:52 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=47781 With yesterday’s Apple announcement of the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max (and I am sooo excited!) I’ve heard a lot of gripes about the switch from a lightning charge cable to a USB-C charge cable. Here’s the deal in a nutshell– and it’s actually a good thing.   Here’s What to Know about Apple’s […]

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11 of the best reading apps for kids in high school and middle school. Including test prep! | Back to School Tech https://coolmomtech.com/2023/09/best-reading-apps-for-kids-high-school-middle-school/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/09/best-reading-apps-for-kids-high-school-middle-school/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2023 13:45:23 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=41971 Sometimes we think of reading apps as being for little kids, but reading apps for kids in high school and middle school can be extremely helpful. Whether your kids are voracious readers or a bit more reluctant to get lost in a book when there are new video game levels to conquered, we are big […]

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How one college professor is handling AI in the classroom: The perfect set of words for parents to borrow. https://coolmomtech.com/2023/08/ai-classroom-rules-cc-chapman/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/08/ai-classroom-rules-cc-chapman/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2023 17:20:52 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=47759 Just one year ago, AI was not the kind of thing most families talked about over dinner, but today parents are wondering how to talk to their kids about the use of artificial intelligence tools for schoolwork. Whether you’re concerned about AI like I am, excited by the possibilities, or still trying to figure out […]

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5 important tech conversations to have with your kids as they head back to school https://coolmomtech.com/2023/08/important-tech-conversations-with-kids-back-to-school/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/08/important-tech-conversations-with-kids-back-to-school/#respond Tue, 22 Aug 2023 13:45:18 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=47162 With back-to-school here, or just around the corner for some of us, I like to take the time to have reinforce some basic tech rules with my kids and have some important tech conversations before things get super hectic. Whether your kids have their own phones or not, tech conversations are important, and can help […]

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Free download: 30 creative activities for kids that blend off-screen summer fun with just enough tech. https://coolmomtech.com/2023/07/creative-activities-for-kids-free-apple-workbook/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/07/creative-activities-for-kids-free-apple-workbook/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2023 18:00:18 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=43958 I know, I know, the last thing parents want our kids to do this summer is spend all day watching YouTube videos or playing more¬†Minecraft. We’re always hoping our kids can find a little more balance with screen time over the summer, and that whatever screen time they do have can be used maybe in […]

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5 of the best photo booth apps for a picture-perfect party https://coolmomtech.com/2023/06/best-photo-booth-apps-ios-android-ipad/ https://coolmomtech.com/2023/06/best-photo-booth-apps-ios-android-ipad/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2023 15:40:41 +0000 https://coolmomtech.com/?p=38498 It’s been a while since we put together our list of the best Photo Booth apps, and wow, have they come a long way! We all know that photo booths are as essential to a good party as the food and drinks, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, Halloween, or just a family get together. […]

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